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KIDS' GIZMOS VIE AT SCIENCE EVEN.

Byline: Romy Jacobson Daily News Staff Writer

Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Petros stood trembling on a platform more than 27 feet above the floor of the Hillview Middle School gymnasium as she dropped an egg in the ``naked egg drop'' event into a ``landing pad'' she and her partner, 13-year-old Jimmy Miconi, constructed at the second yearly Super Science Saturday in Palmdale.

``We went on the second story of the house to test it,'' said Elizabeth, who was still trying to overcome the jitters.

``It was fun but while we were dropping it, I was kind of nervous,'' said Jimmy. ``It seemed like it was in slow motion when the egg was dropping.''

``I've had kids at my house for two weeks straight,'' said Jimmy's father, Jim Miconi. ``When I was growing up they didn't have this. The kids are involved. It shows teamwork and they really just have a lot of fun doing it.''

The second Super Science Saturday - sponsored by the Westside Union School District - gave more than 225 fourth- through eighth-graders an opportunity to participate in a variety of events covering many areas of science, including physics, biology and engineering.

Some of the events featured bottle rockets, vehicles operated with rubber bands, and straw towers.

``It covers all areas of science,'' said Super Science Saturday committee member Paula Sour - a teacher at Joe Walker Middle School. ``We wanted to allow more students in our district to experience an event of this nature. We wanted to reach more students with this kind of opportunity.''

``This is my second time in it,'' said 14-year-old Tony Henderson of Joe Walker Middle School, who likes science and math, and plans to be a civil engineer or accountant. ``It's a lot of fun.''

In addition to the activities, Station 84 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department put on a demonstration of the Jaws of Life for students.

The children also had an opportunity to take a musical journey into the past - courtesy of a 1908 Victor Phonograph, a record player operated by spring power, that was on exhibit.

Other exhibits included a land speed record car owned by Verlin Marshall and Gary Banta, which can reach speeds in excess of 231 mph, and a NASA booth.

``I love science,'' said Jimmy Miconi. ``Science is my favorite subject, along with math.''

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PHOTO (1--color) Rancho Vista Elementary student Julian Molloy, 10, drops an egg in a craft he designed to keep it whole at Saturday's science fair.

(2--color) Los Angeles County firefighters demonstrate a Jaws of Life rescue.

(3--color) A water bottle rocket descends after launch by makers Jeremy Allen and Nick Miconi, both 11.

(4) Joe Walker Middle School's Tawny Swift, 12, left, and Amanda Nelson, 11, run their rubber band car in Palmdale's science fair.

Jeff Goldwater/Daily News
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Date:Nov 23, 1997
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